Winter Thoughts

It’s still frigid here in Salt Lake City. It’s 8 degrees and we have 15 inches of frozen crusty and slowly browning old snow choking up everything. We’d all be better off if we were hibernating bears. They crawl into the back of a warm cave, snuggle down in the leaves and dirt, lower their metabolism down to practically nothing and sleep away these frosty days. They come out thin and hungry in the spring, but well rested and ready for action.
Now look at us humans. We insist on keeping up the pace all through the winter months. The frenetic drama of modern life defies the seasons and gives the finger to the elements. No wonder we have flu epidemics and universal sniffles. We don’t know how to slow down and flow with the season, go into the cave of dreamtime and conjure up something magical. I remember doing that back in 2011 when I began writing Gaia’s Web. Gosh, I got the whole plot served to me on a silver platter one weekend two years ago when I had the good sense to hunker down and listen. Now it’s all about marketing the finished book and polishing up the sequel, while keeping house and taking care of my integrative psychiatry practice. Sound like a lot? Well, it is — and too much for the winter season.
Now the time has come for the Sundance Film Festival. Great. I get to stand in line in the inversion smog that inevitably happens at this time of year, eager to pay big bucks to see obscure new films that want to make it big. Don’t get me wrong — some of these films are great and worth waiting in line for, BUT IT’S WINTER. GIVE US A BREAK!
In the middle of all this activity, I had to dig my car out of a pile of ice dumped on my wheels most generously by the zealous snowplow crew, busy cleaning up and pushing back what had already been plowed twice. I had to call a f–ing tow truck to get to work! Welcome to Siberia, Utah style.
In the world of Gaia’s Web, we warm each other well. The folks in the tropics project their experience to the cold people up north — not just describe, project, so the freezing people feel the sun on their skin and can bask on the beach with their fellow humans in the warmer climes. Likewise, if you get hot and sweaty down on the equator, just tune into the Yukon and get a blast of cold from an Eskimo or prospector up that way. Very refreshing and generously provided at no charge as we take care of each other by balancing one another’s experience of the extremes on this planet of contrasts. Try hooking into Gaia’s Web this way and your winters will be less wearing, your summers less sweltering as you share the wealth of the human condition with your fellows.

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